The Clinical OODA Loop

Treating patients in any setting is complicated; being able to connect “All” the factors and variables that are contributing to their pain/injury is an under practices skill. Often times, clinicians find themselves trying to either find the “best” exercise or just blindly starting down a path of interventions based upon a diagnosis. Both, in short, are inefficient at best and ineffective at worst. Both keep the clinician busy, but not productive.

This course begins to lay the foundation for a critical thinking process that ensures consistency in each patient encounter and each patient decision from clinician to clinician.

CEU’s upon completion: 1.0 Category A CEU’s

Course Information

Estimated Time: 60 minutes

Difficulty: Advanced

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Knowledge Gap

This course outlines a mindset that creates a critical thinking process for every patient encounter. The OODA Loop is an analytical decision-making tool. This course lays out the 4 simple steps of the loop, but then explores how this process is deeper than just these four steps. Critical thinking, and decision making is not sequential. It’s a loop (a spiral), and as you’re progressing through the spiral, you’re feeding information back to the beginning in an ever tightening cycle.

Clinical Bottom Line

During every patient encounter you’re constantly gathering information, making decisions, taking actions, and evaluating and adjusting those actions with the end goal of constantly improving your ability to care for your patines while you are also getting better over time.

OODA Loop Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to explain the 4 parts of the OODA loop.
  2. Participants will be able to integrate the traditional approach to clinical evaluations into the 4 applicable parts of the OODA loop.
  3. Participants will understand the value in establishing a valid test/retest to gather feedback and feed that information back into the OODA loop.
  4. Participants will be able to connect the OODA loop into clinical critical thinking decisions.

Course Instructor

Brandon Hetzler Brandon Hetzler Author

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